Django Bates

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Format: CD

Cat No: LM009

Release Date:  02 October 2020

Label:  Lost Marble

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  873371000920

Genres:  Jazz  Big Band  

  • Description

    2020 brings revered British composer, pianist and educator Django Bates' 60th birthday and his 40th year as a performing musician, and it also marks the 100th anniversary of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker's birth. So what better way to celebrate than with the release of studio album 'Tenacity', fresh from the Arctic Circle, featuring The Norrbotten big band and Django's piano trio, Belovèd.

    This 53 minute ten-track album features four new Parker orchestrations, plus Laura, a film noir favourite of Parker's, and an expressionistic reworking of Star Eyes. Alongside these are four Bates' originals which push the possibilities of the big band to new levels of virtuosity. In the spirit of George Martin, a full range of studio techniques were employed to create a progressive new big band sound.

    The album artwork is stunningly surreal. Featuring Nick White's photographic work, the cover shot took a year to compose and fine-tune. In a download world, a physical album needs to be really special in both its presentation and its recording quality to fully engage the listener. That is Tenacity!


    "Charlie Parker's music is given a new lease of orchestral life that amounts to something other than orchestral bebop, particularly on "Donna Lee "where the theme is skillfully spread over a tempo that is more relaxed than Birds high flying moments." - **** Jazzwise (Editor's Choice)

    "A celebration of Charlie Parker and Bates's own 60th year prompts radical but heartfelt readings of music by both." - **** The Guardian (Jazz Album of the Month)

    "Norrbotten's ornate big band skills shine on the 12 minute original The Study of Touch, full of Bates signature quirkiness." - **** MOJO

    "Joyful orchestral jazz set." - **** Financial Times

    "Tenacity does a fine job of reimagining Parker tunes for the 21st century...it's an impressive album." - LondonJazzNews

    "It is a wonderful freewheeling affair that anyone into big band jazz will have to hear. With Django there is always a sense of mischief, intense, anarchic detail and a puckish joie de vivre combined with an almost Spike Milligan sense of humour." - Marlbank

    "Charlie Parker, ever the modernist, would have appreciated this birthday gift." - The New York City Jazz Record

    "Bates's arrangements embrace the Parker canon with affection but without over-reverence." - **** The Scotsman

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Cordial
      • 2. Ah Leu Cha
      • 3. Donna Lee
      • 4. Laura
      • 5. Confirmation
      • 6. We Are Not Lost, We Are Simply Finding Our Way
      • 7. The Study Of Touch
      • 8. My Little Suede Shoes
      • 9. Star Eyes
      • 10. Tenacity